The Metamodern Magazine

“Where world issues, the arts and contemporary lifestyles converge through the digital looking glass of Metamodernism.”


Metamodern Politics: The Eagle Needs Both Wings to Fly - The Left and the Right

THE EAGLE NEEDS BOTH WINGS TO FLY, THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT. IT CAN’T FLY ON JUST ONE

By Irwin Ford. I keep getting attracted into these discussion pages, (Clowncar Politics as one example from Facebook, great name incidentally!) And everyone there is quite intelligent and up to date with their own version of current events. But there’s something I keep noticing pretty frequently in all the political debates I see: Each side presupposes and takes for granted that they are dealing with accountable and uncorruptable systems. Their theories are built upon foundations or lexicons that have been largely misrepresented, propagandized or have lost all of their integrity to begin with. Let me see if I can explain this quandary in an intelligible way…working with the Left/Right Dialectic. (Read More)


Metamodern Film: Waiting by Sandip Pratihar

WAITING: A FILM BY SANDIP PRATIHAR

By E.J. Wickes. When I first saw the trailer to Waiting, a new short film by Bengali filmmaker Sandip Pratihar, I was immediately drawn into the classic antiquity of the statuary. Beautifully composed camera shots frozen in time as the director’s theme, “Waiting” is immediately established. Waiting has to do with relationships and the impermanence of love. How a relationship ending can be not only traumatic but enlightening as well. And how, when thrust into the despair of lost love we end up in emotional suspension, waiting for someone or something to come and make us whole again. (Read More)


Metamodern Culture: Eyeing Life with bad Intent

SITTING ON A PARK BENCH: EYEING LIFE WITH BAD INTENT

By EJ Wickes. I’ve never been one of those life “victims” who thinks the world is out to get me. I’ve always dealt with it. Sure, I bitch. It’s part of my cynical nature. A nature developed over years of observing a world run by viruses wearing expensive shoes. It’s a sarcastic sense of humor, that I share with those who appreciate that kind of humor. Let it out; scream it away; exorcise the demons. Apparently not many out here understand that. It comes from a working class attitude. We love our struggle, we crave the hardship of honest accomplishment by the sweat of our own brow. (Read More)


Metamodern World: Cheetos and the New World Order

CHEETOS AND THE NEW METAMODERN WORLD ORDER

By Allen Sands. Here we are. Pass me that 55 gallon drum of Cheetos, will you? We’ve let the anxiety of the past election subside and we’ve channeled all that negative energy into holiday spending and debt. It’s the dawn of a new year and we look anxiously forward to new adventures in economics, government and ever pending societal issues. No doubt the systems we have been coerced into accepting, no demanding, will achieve as much positive gain as they ever have. (Read More)


The Metamodern: Designs on the New Year

DESIGNS ON THE NEW YEAR

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Metamodern Art: Luminarium

LUMINARIUM: THE ARCHITECTS OF AIR

By EJ Wickes. So, I’m walking around Downtown Des Moines and I come across a luminarium; this giant village constructed of translucent PVC and air. Of course the child in me couldn’t resist going in. It was like being inside of a giant cartoon world. A soft labyrinth of space and color. The entire structure was illuminated with passive sunlight through the colored PVC walls. Slender vertical windows light your way through a myriad of tubular tunnels; some leading into to cathedral or mosque like rotundas with vaulted ceilings. (Read More)


Metamodernism: Art and Indie Filmmaking

FINDING THE INDIE AESTHETIC: THE VISUAL ART OF FILMMAKING

By EJ Wickes. In the discussions about what Metamodernism is, it has become more defined as a culmination of experiences. It is not a movement per se, but a frame of mind. Metamodernism is a product of the amalgamation of art, science and philosophy. A new romanticism of past, present and futurist ideals spiraling in a vortex of revolution and rebirth. What art is today compared to what it used to be in terms of “division of artistic labor” is now seen as a culmination of experiences and technologies that defy specialization and compartmentalization. (Read More)


Metamodern Designs. Creating Spaces.

METAMODERN DESIGNS FOR LIVING: CREATING SPACES WITH MARCIA LYON

By Marcia Lyon. Architecturally trained, Marcia Lyon is a contributor to Metamodern: Designs for Living. Each column features the “Problem and Solution” approach to various remodeling dilemmas and designs, fitting each particular homeowners’ needs. These projects range from a one-bedroom condominium to tripling the size of a house, but most of them are typical, space-bound bungalows and uninspired ranch homes. And for the construction, homeowners either do-it-themselves or hire local contractors. (Read More)


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